Archive of films The Cordillera of Dreams / La Cordillera de los sueños

Chile / France
2019, 85 min

Section: Horizons
Year: 2019

A documentary essay as much about memory as it is about mountains since the Andes have always protected Chileans from the outside world, but they have also kept it ruthlessly isolated. The history of the country is thus forever associated with this inhospitable and yet beautiful range, which is perhaps its last hope.


When the sun rises in Chile, it has to scale hills and walls of rock before it reaches the peaks of the mountains. Because the Andes are everywhere, and yet they remain unknown territory to most of the country’s inhabitants. Patricio Guzmán sets out on a journey through the mountains, his usual somber narration accompanying elegant aerial shots of the mountain panorama. But his Andes are not just an impassive mountain range: the journey along its peaks also serves as a reconstruction of Chile’s history and an attempt at finding lost memory. After exploring the desert in Nostalgia for the Light and the sea in The Pearl Button, Guzmán concludes his personal Chilean trilogy with The Cordillera of Dreams.

Nikola Paggio

About the director

Patricio Guzmán (b. 1941, Santiago, Chile). Selected filmography: The Battle of Chile: I-III (1975-79), Chile, the Obstinate Memory (Chile, la memoria obstinada, 1979, doc.), Le cas Pinochet (2001, doc.), Salvador Allende (2004, doc.), Nostalgia for the Light (Nostalgia de la luz, 2010, doc.), The Pearl Button (El botón de nácar, 2015, doc.), The Cordillera of Dreams (La Cordillera de los sueños, 2019, doc.)


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About the film

Color, DCP

Section: Horizons
Director: Patricio Guzmán
Screenplay: Patricio Guzmán
Dir. of Photography: Samuel Lahu
Music: Miranda & Tobar
Editor: Emmanuelle Joly
Producer: Renate Sachse
Production: Atacama Productions
Coproduction: ARTE France Cinéma, Sampek Productioins, Market Chile
Sales: Pyramide International


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